Mask - Bookwus
Artist: Charlie Johnson
This impressive Bookwus mask is hand carved and hand painted by Kwagiulth First Nation artist Charlie Johnson. This piece is carved from Alder and painted with acrylic paints.
Bookwus is the wild man of the woods. He is a shy little man whose favorite food is cockles. He is from the supernatural ghostly world. Bookwus will try to lure you to eat his food and when you do you become his slave.
Measurements: 11" L x 8.35" W x 6" D
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About The Artist
Charlie Johnson was born in 1964 and is from Kingcome Inlet. He began carving in 1980 at the age of 15. Charlie was inspired by his father Sam Johnson and his own desire to explore the culture and the art form.
Charlie has carved with Simon Dick and Beau Dick and also Joe Peters. He has also taken art classes through North Island College from 1983 to 1987.
Charlie Johnson works mostly in wood and specializes in masks, rattles, and bowls. Charlie's work has been purchased by museums and collectors around the world. Charlie's Bear Mask was included in a recent article in National Geographic. American Native Art is a must to anyone's collection.